Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The decision ends hours of hearings and years of discussions.
With less than an hour of discussion, the Zoning Commission unanimously approved the Georgetown Campus Plan on Monday night, bringing hours upon hours of hearings and years of fraught negotiations between Georgetown University and the community that surrounds it to a close. "I'll be talking about this for a long time. ... I'll be talking about the agreement that was made over in Georgetown and encouraging people to do that," Commissioner Anthony Hood said. In June, the University and the community reached an agreement on a plan that runs from 2011-2017 and they agreed to develop a 20-year plan for GU together. Get daily and breaking news email updates from Georgetown Patch by signing up for newsletters here. The hearing Monday was not …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Neighbors and university officials will see the final resolution of the campus plan agreement Monday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m.
A small group of dedicated Georgetown University Campus Plan leaders came into a Zoning Commission meeting Monday night with smiles, but left with bewildered expressions. Instead of making a final rule Monday as the community had expected, commissioners moved to make their final decision on the agreement next Monday, July 16. Though the meeting last night was listed as the "Final Action" on the campus plan, the finality of that action was limited to determining whether an additional hearing on the agreement was needed. Commissioners decided that another hearing was unnecessary. Next week's meeting is listed on the Zoning Commission calendar as "FINAL ACTION: Georgetown University - 2011 Campus Plan." After next Monday, the campus plan …
Friday, November 18, 2011
The final Zoning Commission hearing on the Georgetown University campus plan concluded Thursday, Nov. 17.
Six hearings later, the fate of the Georgetown University campus plan is in the hands of the Zoning Commission. Commissioners listened to and participated in more than four hours of testimony and questioning Thursday as the University and neighbors in opposition presented their final arguments for and against the 10-year plan. Commissioners will hold a special public meeting Feb. 9, 2012 to deliberate and vote. At the beginning of the evening, Commissioner Anthony Hood, chair of the Zoning Commission, spoke to the packed room, saying "the issues don't change... we could go back and forth for 20 years." “I don’t know how its all gonna land, but I can tell you this. We got it” said Hood. The night included a thorough review of the District …
Monday, September 19, 2011
After public objections, GU has revised its plan to construct a loop road around the campus.
On Monday, Georgetown University announced it will no longer pursue a plan to build a "loop" road around campus, after the proposal was met with strong objections by neighborhood residents and local officials earlier this summer. "During the campus plan process this spring, we heard serious objections to the design of this road from some of our neighbors," said University Spokeswoman Stacy Kerry, in a prepared statement. "We therefore engaged in an extensive and serious effort to revisit other alternatives." The road was originally designed to allow university buses "to circle the campus and minimize the amount of time they needed to be on neighborhood streets," Kerr said. During zoning commission hearings in June, though, a DDOT report …
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The Zoning Commission unanimously supported a continuance from the hearing on the District Department of Transportation report.
The Zoning Commission unanimously supported a continuance on the Georgetown University Campus Plan hearing, scheduled originally for June 20 and now rescheduled for November 17. The continuance came at the request of the applicant, Georgetown University, with support from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). The hearing Monday would have addressed the supplemental report from DDOT on the transportation impacts of the University's 10-year campus plan. However, in its report dated June 14, DDOT wrote that the data provided by GU was insufficient for the transportation agency to determine the impacts on traffic. Georgetown requested a continuance until September 19. At the hearing Monday, DDOT official Jeff Jennings said the …
Monday, June 20, 2011
The Zoning Commission will hold a final limited scope hearing on the Georgetown University Campus Plan this evening.
The sixth and final night of testimony on the Georgetown Campus Plan will take place this evening as the Zoning Commission holds a limited scope hearing that focuses on the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) supplemental report. At the May 16 hearing, DDOT officials testified that the agency could not support the current Georgetown University Campus Plan application primarily because the transportation information submitted by the university was insufficient. Georgetown followed up, submitting a technical memorandum to DDOT. In its June 14th response, the agency wrote to the commission that the university's report continued to provide insufficient information and therefore DDOT does not support the applicant's (Georgetown …
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Monday, community members sat in panels providing testimony of their opposition to the Georgetown University Campus Plan.
The Zoning Commission wrapped up its final evening of hearing individual testimony on the proposed Georgetown University Campus Plan Monday evening. Neighbors speaking in opposition filled the roster on the final evening and then the University's attorney cross-examined citizens association representatives. One resident, Nan Bell, described her efforts to engage the University's officials to work toward a solution to many of the problems the community faces. However, she said she was "discouraged by GU's lack of respect for legitimate concerns" continuing that the university either "did not care or did not care enough." Brandel France de Bravo expressed her frustration at being told "repeatedly and patronizingly by students that the …
Friday, May 20, 2011
Orange wrote, the GU Campus Plan 'would impose severe objectionable impacts on the adjacent neighborhood communities.'
Vincent Orange, the newly-elected member of the District Council, submitted a letter to the Zoning Commission about his opposition to the Georgetown Campus Plan. Orange promised during his time on the campaign that he would support neighbors in their fight against the University. Orange wrote that the proposed plan and future expansion in university enrollment would "worsen the burdens" on the surrounding communities. He urged the Zoning Commission to listen to the recommendations of the Office of Planning "that the University provide sufficient beds so that all of the University’s undergrads can be housed on campus.”
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
At the Zoning Commission hearing Monday, officials delayed full review of the the District Department of Transportation report on transportation management in the Georgetown University Campus Plan.
District Department of Transportation (DDOT) officials said the agency cannot support the current Georgetown University Campus Plan application primarily because the transportation information submitted by the university was insufficient. The Zoning Commissioner members were left wondering how they could evaluate a plan without specific guidance or suggestions from the transportation agency. Commissioner Peter May said it is "unusual" to get a report, especially for something in the works for a long time like the campus plan, and for DDOT to then "say you believe their report is inadequate." DDOT staff member Karin Ricks, the report author, agreed with May, but added that the information needed to properly evaluate the transportation …
Friday, May 13, 2011
The Office of Planning report that called for housing 100 percent of undergraduates was the primary focus of Thursday night's hearing.
The Zoning Commission hearing on the Georgetown University Campus Plan continued Thursday night, with the Office of Planning (OP) providing testimony on its report and responding to cross examination by the University. OP's Deputy Director for Development Review & Historic Preservation, Jennifer Steingasser, faced intense questioning by Georgetown University that at times left her either without answers or repeatedly responding that the questions were beyond the purview of the OP. Georgetown's attorney, Maureen Dwyer, was a fierce examiner and in the first five minutes of questioning suggested that Steingasser and OP did not "understand the numbers" for the student enrollment and had made evaluations based on this faulty understanding. …